“Death of a Pumpkin Carver” by Lee Hollis


By Lee Hollis

Hayley Powell, Food and Cocktails Columnist, lives and works in Bar Harbor, Maine. As she is getting ready for Halloween and the incoming fun of Pumpkin Spice Season, she finds out that her ex-husband, Danny, is back in town. While she realizes that her kids should spend time with their father, she wonders what is behind his sudden need to see his family. All she can assume is that he’s in need of cash and Hayley is determined not to be taken in by the charming man all over again.

But it seems money is the least of the man’s worries. Soon Danny’s moonshine brewing uncle is discovered dead next to a tombstone in the local cemetery and Danny is suddenly elevated to suspect number one.

This installment is number eight in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails series, and is all about the spooky fun of Halloween. Filled with humor, murder and mysteries, author Lee Hollis has created yet another fantastic cozy.

Columns written by the main character, stories from Hayley’s life, and fall-themed recipes for delicious foods and great cocktails are interspersed throughout the tale for all to enjoy. Take the Pumpkin Pie Martini, for instance. This one is just right to get everyone into that holiday mood.

The mystery is well-written and interesting and the story will keep any reader’s attention. Although it’s not essential to read all of the books in this series, after reading just one and meeting these hysterical characters, there is no doubt you’ll go back and make sure you’ve digested them all!

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